Thanks for protecting Bristol Bay

Last week, we let you know about the EPA’s plans to assess the Bristol Bay watershed in order to understand how future large-scale development like the proposed Pebble Mine may affect its water quality and the bay’s salmon fishery.

We also asked you to give the EPA your input through our easy Take Action page.

Boy did you.

Approximately 6,000 of you sent nearly 23,000 emails to over 550 representatives in DC and to the EPA telling them to use their authority to protect Bristol Bay. We thank you for that.

If you did not get the chance last week, we encourage you to go to the Take Action page now to let the EPA know this resource is too important and rare to risk having the world’s largest open pit mine situated at its headwaters.

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Tom Rosenbauer’s Trivia Challenge

With our last Trivia Challenge, I was asked to step it up a bit as many of you thought the “challenge” was a bit lacking. So, this week I’ve stepped it up with what I think are more difficult (and interesting) questions, and perhaps more fun for it. As another user requested, I also give the reasons behind the correct answers.

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The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast- Gear Maintenance in the Off-Season and Ten Tips for the Aging Angler

In this episode, Tom gives his advice for maintaining your angling gear in the off-season and answers our firsr voicemail request by giving ten tips for the aging angler.
Call our voice mail line at 802-362-8800 and leave us a suggestion for our next episode.

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In the Loop 02.15.11

Salmon carcass

Although unsightly and smelly, salmon carcasses provide vital nutrients for
young salmon. Biologists are learning to “fertilize” rivers that lack these
nutrients to help salmon fry grow faster.

photo by Phil Monahan

Once a salmon run has dipped below a certain number or disappeared altogether from a watershed, the ecology of the system is drastically changed because of the missing nutrients that rotting fish carcasses provide each year. This makes restoring salmon populations more difficultbecause the young salmon must survive in less fertile habitat. Biologists in British Columbia seem to have found a solution: a method of fertilizing rivers to add the missing nutrients. The initial data suggest. . .

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Murph Training: Murph’s Rebellion

Murphy has entered his first rebellious stage, which I knew would come eventually. It can be frustrating if you let it; so don’t let it, because it’s also pretty humorous. The key is to eliminate the opportunity for this response and take a step back for a few days.

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The Confidence Game

One August afternoon on a southern Colorado river, my guide handed me one of the more godawful dry flies I’d ever seen—an abomination constructed entirely of foam, rubber, and synthetic fibers. Although hardly a purist, I do appreciate at least a nod to fur and feathers in a fly, and this thing looked like a science project. Seeing the look of horror on my face, Jason assured me that the fly was his favorite hopper pattern for the water and a pattern on which he had taken. . .

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Educate Yourself about Pebble Mine


The largest run of wild sockeye salmon in the world is just one of the natural wonders threatened by the proposed Pebble Mine.

Ever since the Environmental Protection Agency announced that it would assess the Bristol Bay watershed to understand how future large-scale development may affect water quality and the bay’s salmon fishery, opponents of the proposed Pebble mine project have cranked up the pressure on elected officials to get behind the EPA’s effort. If you haven’t already, please take the time to send an email to your state’s members in Congress, asking them to support the effort.

For those who haven’t been following the Pebble Mine debate since it first entered the angling-public consciousness in 2007, here are some links to get you up to speed and to help. . .

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In the Loop 02.11.11

Henry's Fork Rainbow

A beautiful winter rainbow from Idaho’s Henry’s Fork
photo by Mike Dawes

We’re buried in deep snow here in the Northeast, so fishing seems like something far off in the future. But Mike Dawes of World Cast Anglers took advantage of a break in the weather around his shop in Jackson, Wyoming, so he ran up to the Henry’s Fork to scratch the winter itch. He’s got . . .

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The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast- An Urgent Message from Tom Rosenbauer

This is the most important episode we have ever recorded. The time is NOW to stop Pebble Mine and Tom is going to tell you WHY that is the case and HOW you can help. He also interviews Tim Bristol of Trout Unlimited on why action is so urgently needed and how you can help.

First- listen to this podcast and share it with your friends
Second- go to this Page and fill out the form. It’s easy, and it will make a difference that couild last for generations.

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Bristol Bay Film Festival

Red Gold | trailer from felt soul media on Vimeo.

Given the exciting news for those of us engaged in the fight against Pebble Mine (see below), I thought I’d post a few films that explain in more detail the issues involved—the value of Bristol Bay as a natural resource, the potential for disaster in a mine of such incredible proportions, . .

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